According to the Delaware State Police’s 2012 Annual Traffic Statistical Report there were 21,202 motor vehicle accidents in Delaware in 2012. These accidents were caused by factors such as drunk driving, inattentive driving, speeding as well as general negligent driving habits. There were also many premises liability accidents such as slip and fall accidents and animal attacks. If the injuries from these accidents were serious the victim, or victims, may be entitled to benefits and financial compensation according to Delaware personal injury law. These benefits are usually obtained in the form of a settlement or verdict through filing a personal injury lawsuit. Filing an accident or injury claim is a very complex process and should only be handled by an experienced Delaware Accident Attorney.
The True Value Of A Delaware Injury Or Auto Accident Claim
There are numerous factors that influence the true value of an personal injury lawsuit claim so it makes sense to hire an experienced attorney to assist you. These factors can include severity of the injuries, amount of time missed at work now and in the future, medical issues resulting from the injuries and your quality of life after the accident.
If you are approached by the liable parties insurance company after the accident you will most likely be offered a quick, lump sum settlement. Do not accept their offer as it suits them and not you. It will not include all factors need to establish the true value of the claim. It is for this reason that you need the aid of a skilled Delaware Personal Injury Attorney at The Law Office of John R. Garey.
Types of Injuries Caused by Accidents In Delaware
Accidents caused by slipping and falling, car, motorcycle or trucking accidents and animal attacks can inflict a wide variety of life altering injuries such as:
Muscle & Nerve Damage (including paralysis)
Soft Tissue & Connective Tissue Damage
Scarring & Disfigurement
Whiplash & Other Head & Neck Injuries
Determining Liability In A Delaware Accident
No accident is the same as each is caused by different factors and they inflict different types of injuries. In some accident cases there may be only one liable party. For instance if you were rear ended and sustained neck injuries the only liable party may be the other drivers’ insurance company (although there may be more than one even in a case like this). If there were multiple vehicles involved in your accident liable parties may be the other drivers insurance company, possibly their employer, the automobile manufacturer, the vehicle maintenance contractor, etc.
If you slipped and fell, or were otherwise injured, at a retail establishment liable parties may be the owner, management company, the cleaning or maintenance contractor or a product manufacturer. It does not take long for a personal injury case to get very complicated. In order to fully protect your right’s and interests it behooves you to have an experienced Delaware injury lawyer in your corner so that all liable parties are identified and that you get all sources of compensation you are entitled to by law.
Timeframes For Filing A Personal Injury Lawsuit In Delaware
According to Delaware law you have 2 years from the date of the accident, injury or death to file a personal injury lawsuit for injuries caused by basic negligence. This same time frame applies if the injury was caused by a faulty or defective product. While filing a lawsuit may not be at the top of your priority list after an accident, and you may just want to forget that it ever happened, it is not advisable to wait anywhere near 2 years to consult with an experienced Dover DE Personal Injury Lawyer.
Your life may never be the same after the accident and you may face huge medical bills and expenses. By retaining an attorney to effectively fight for your rights you will rest assured that you get all benefits and forms of compensation you are entitled to. In addition, having an attorney by your side will allow you to focus on the most important thing of all; getting healthy again and getting your life back on track.
Our personal injury attorneys have many years combined experience practicing law across the country. Let us use their knowledge and skill to work for you. We will fight to get you maximum compensation via settlement. If necessary, we will take your case to trial. Click here to email us.